- Associated Press - Tuesday, September 23, 2014

AZTEC, N.M. (AP) - San Juan County is temporarily increasing its gross receipts tax to cover a $6 million shortfall in a program that helps pay for uninsured health care.

The Daily Times (https://bit.ly/1x6ZS3M ) reports that the two increases approved Monday by the county commissioners means shoppers will pay nearly 4 cents more for every $20 of spending.

Commission Chairman Jack Fortner says he didn’t like the increases but that the county can’t lose hundreds of jobs and health care services that otherwise could be eliminated.

One of the taxes is set to expire at the end of 2016 and the other at the end of 2017.

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